Film Review: Our Daily Bread

Last weekend, Cornell Cinema showed Our Daily Bread (German: Unser täglich Brot) (2005), a German documentary by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The film examines the modern food industry, specifically its use of mechanized production to maximize efficiency and profit. I expected, as I was walking in to the theater, to see a Michael-Moore-Super-Size-Me-style documentary, complete with director commentary and ambush journalism. Instead, I found myself immersed in a Koyaanisqatsi-meets-The-Jungle film experience, more effective than any politically-driven film endeavor could have hoped to be.